Richard Pryor
A Comedy Genius

We are delighted to welcome comedian, writer and presenter Angie Le Mar and comedian, writer and actor Kojo Anim for this discussion hosted by Anthony Andrews (We are Parable).

Join us for a richly illustrated panel discussion, presented in partnership with We Are Parable, that will explore Pryor’s memorable stand-up moments and film roles. We’ll reflect on how he used his personal experiences as inspiration for his comedic work and how he revolutionised the comedy genre. Our special guests will also discuss his legacy, and his influence on a huge number of comedians that followed.

Angie Le Mar was the first Black female stand-up on the British comedy circuit. Thirty years later, she is recognised as a multi-award winning comedienne, TV and radio presenter/star, business woman, entrepreneur, speaker, director, producer and writer. Angie recently appeared on ITV’s Craig & Danny: Funny, Black & On TV and Black, British & Funny, a new Channel 4 documentary by Mo Gilligan.

Kojo Anim has fast become one of the funniest talents to come out of the UK comedy circuit in the last 10 years. While his first love was always football, he started using his humour to make people laugh in his local team. Kojo has since opened up for Chris Rock, Kevin Hart at Wembley Arena and Dave Chappelle at the Royal Albert Hall. In 2018 Kojo became a father for the first time to his son Roman-Kingsley and is now penning a new 1 hour show all about fatherhood. Kojo was the finalist on the series 13 of TV talent show Britain’s Got Talent and received Simon Cowell’s prestigious Golden Buzzer.

Host: Anthony Andrews is a multi-award winning co-founder and creative director of We Are Parable, a film exhibition company which provides audiences across the UK opportunities to experience Black Cinema in culturally relevant and memorable ways. With a decade’s experience in the film industry, Anthony has collaborated with some of the biggest studios in the world, including Netflix, Warner Brothers, Prime Video, Marvel and Disney. Since forming the business, Anthony has worked with Idris Elba, Justin Simien, Amma Asante and Spike Lee and has interviewed Academy Award winners Steve McQueen and Jennifer Hudson. In 2020, Anthony co-curated Who We Are, an unprecedented digital takeover of the BFI, which celebrated the canon of Black British Cinema. Earlier this year, a new iteration of Who We Are was launched, with We Are Parable creating experiences for Black Cinema across the UK, whilst collaborating with some of the UK’s most well-known independent cinemas.

Richard Pryor: A Comedy Genius
Thu 16 Sep 18:15
Blue Collar
Fri 17 Sep 20:40 (+ pre-recorded intro); Tue 5 Oct 17:35
Sat 18 Sep 20:10
Stir Crazy
Sun 19 Sep 18:10; Fri 1 Oct 20:30
Some Call It Loving
Mon 20 Sep 18:00 (+ pre-recorded intro)
Bustin’ Loose
Mon 20 Sep 21:00; Sun 3 Oct 18:10
Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip
Tue 21 Sep 18:00 (+ discussion); Mon 4 Oct 18:20
Blazing Saddles
Wed 22 Sep 18:15
Richard Pryor… Here and Now
Wed 22 Sep 20:45; Sat 2 Oct 18:00
Brewster’s Millions
Thu 23 Sep 20:45; Sun 3 Oct 15:15
The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings
Sat 25 Sep 14:45
Which Way Is Up?
Sun 26 Sep 18:10
Lady Sings the Blues
Mon 27 Sep 20:20
Car Wash
Tue 28 Sep 20:50
Silver Streak
Wed 29 Sep 20:45
Richard Pryor: Live in Concert
Fri 1 Oct 18:00
Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling
Mon 4 Oct 20:45

A Pryor Engagement was originally programmed by Nellie Killian for BAMcinématek in 2013

This season is presented in partnership with We Are Parable

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